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Realities of the African Diaspora, Identities across Borders
February 21, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
African people often find out they are Black when they leave the continent. The African Diaspora is an assembly that comes out of two opposing unifications. The first one is caused by the dominant culture of the arrival country by means of prejudice, othering and requests to integrate. The second is the system of coping mechanisms adopted by Africans of different origins, who come together, by choice or by chance, to re-root themselves into a new cultural environment and construct new individual identities.
In this panel discussion, we will explore the life experiences and systems of identity construction of three groups of the diaspora. David Omolo, Kenyan living in Poland and Human Right activist, will tell us about the People of African Descent in Poland, their agony and their quest for social integration. Christine Makuve, Zimbabwean, who is now pursuing a doctorate in Edinburgh after, and alongside, her career in education, will share with us aspects of her research into the life experiences of young black people of Zimbabwean heritage in the UK. Olayinka Makinwa, Austria born Nigerian and a student of Social Anthropology in Oxford, will bring forward how generations of Nigerians imagine life and belonging in the diaspora and how this conceptualisation is shaped by their environment.
The conversation will be moderated by Nada Kurdi, born in West London to Sudanese and Egyptian parents. She is currently in her second year pursuing a DPhil in chemistry.
The panel discussion will be held in the Syndicate Room at St Antony’s College and will be live-streamed. More detailed abstracts from each panellist will follow.
The sculpture in the cover image is ‘Looking into the Future’ by Zimbabwe-born sculptor Tinei Mashaya .